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Malaysia's palace to issue statement on Monday - official

FILE PHOTO: Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim reacts during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 23, 2020. REUTERS/LIm Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s palace will issue a statement on Monday amid a bid by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to form a new government in the Southeast Asian country.

Palace comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin told Reuters a statement would be issued, but did not say what it would be about.

Last week, Anwar said he has secured a “strong, formidable” majority from lawmakers to oust Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. But he has to convince King Sultan Abdullah that he has the numbers to form a government.

The king is currently recovering at a hospital and the comptroller had said on Friday that the king would not be taking meetings for a week.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan and Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Ed Davies